When a company ships products or documents, most of the time there is a need for packing lists. Also called shipping lists, waybills, packing slips, bills of parcel, unpacking notes, packaging slips, dockets, delivery lists, manifests, or customer receipts, these documents accompany the package a company ships out to itemize the items shipped. The reason for this document is to inform the recipient as to the contents of the package, but also any transport agency, government authority, or customs official as to the contents of the package.
Ideally, a company that uses a packing list would use one with their logo printed on it so that the list is easily identified with the product it accompanies, and contains the proper contact information should the recipient need to contact the company that shipped the product. Additionally, one of the tenants of branding dictates that all items related to the inner workings of a business be branded accordingly – so it will not do to use generic shipping lists if a company wants to create the proper impression with customers and future customers.
When one considers the mechanics of shipping out items, one has to consider not only packaging, but shipping labels and these packing lists that are required. That is why a great option to save time and money is an integrated label and packing list that prints the shipping label and packing list at the same time, on the same piece of paper. One pass through the inkjet or laser printer and both the shipping label and packing list are ready. Simply pull the label off the sheet, affix it to the outside of the package, insert the packing list into the box or envelope, and the package is ready for postage.
Some companies offer custom printed integrated label packing lists where both the label and the packing list are printed with company information, and many layouts are available depending on the company’s need. For instance, if the company using this product works with UPS, FedEx, or USPS, or all of them, there are forms available to comply with each shipping method, respectively. Additionally, forms are available that are compatible with eBay, ShipWorks, MOMS, and others so that the business that is doing the shipping looks professional, and saves time and money.
In addition to these innovate labels and lists, it is also smart for a company to order custom printed return labels, if the company has a return policy with their merchandise. The formats are customizable enough to even include a return shipping label that is only activated should the recipient use it.
Companies are facing more and more competition in an increasingly harsh financial climate, so it is wise for a business to set itself apart from the pack with professional, custom shipping labels and accessories.
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